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Colorado's Prospects Hit the Postseason

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Spotlight On: Mark Olver

While Mark Olver’s season came to an end this past weekend, it was still a fruitful campaign for both the sophomore forward and his club.

Olver helped guide the Northern Michigan University Wildcats to a 19-17-5 mark this season – the school’s first winning campaign since 2005-06.

The Burnaby, BC, native finished the season as NMU’s leader in goals (16) and points (35) while ranking third on the team in assists (19) in 40 games. He also led the team with 84 penalty minutes, six power-play goals and three short-handed tallies.

This season was a continuation of the success Olver experienced during his freshman campaign of 2007-08. A year ago, Olver led the squad with 38 points (21g/17a) while helping the Wildcasts to a 20-20-4 mark.

Last weekend the Wildcats fell to eventual CCHA Tournament champion Notre Dame by a 2-1 count in the conference tournament semifinals. NMU then beat Alaska by a 2-0 score in the third-place game, with Olver posting a +2 plus/minus rating.
The Lake Erie Monsters opened their week by gaining three of a possible four points in a pair of games against Milwaukee. Lake Erie was handed a 2-1 overtime loss by the Admirals on Wednesday (March 18), with Philippe Dupuis netting a power-play tally. Tyler Weiman then led the club to a 2-0 triumph on Saturday with a 25-save shutout – his seventh of the season. Nigel Williams notched his sixth goal of the campaign, while Per Ledin added an empty-netter.

Due to unsafe ice conditions, Saturday’s game against San Antonio was postponed following the first period. The game will be rescheduled for a later date.

Lake Erie ended the week with a 3-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, dropping their record to 31-32-3-5. Ledin and Matt Hendricks scored for the Monsters.

Johnstown Chiefs
The Chiefs picked up two wins during a three-game weekend set against Elmira. Johnstown first earned a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday, followed by a 5-4 overtime triumph on Saturday. Sunday’s decision went to Elmira by a 4-1 count. Ian Keserich started all three games for the Chiefs, stopping 91-of-100 shots on the weekend.

-Brandon Yip netted a first-period goal – which proved to be the only scoring of the game – as Boston University topped UMass-Lowell, 1-0, in the Hockey East Championship. The Terriers own the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and will square off with Ohio State on Saturday.

To get to the championship the Terriers topped Boston College by a 3-2 count during Friday’s semifinal match-up, ending BC’s season. Paul Carey finished with nine points (5g/4a) in 24 games during his freshman campaign with Boston College.

In other news, Boston University sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk was named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star on Thursday. The defenseman has totaled 26 points (7g/19a) in 39 games.

-Ryan Stoa and the Minnesota Gophers were eliminated from the WCHA Playoffs with a 2-1 loss to the University of Minnesota Duluth in Thursday’s WCHA Final Five Quarterfinals. Stoa, who led the Gophers in goals (24) and points (46) this season, was named to the All-WCHA First Team on Thursday.

-Brad Malone and the University of North Dakota lost to Minnesota Duluth in Friday’s WCHA Semifinals and then dropped a 4-1 decision to Wisconsin in Saturday’s third-place game. The Fighting Sioux will go into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Region, where they will face the University of New Hampshire on Saturday.

-Billy Sauer and the Michigan Wolverines will hold the No. 1 seed in the East Regional during the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines will open play against Air Force Academy on Friday. In 13 appearances this season, Sauer holds a 5-6 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

-Justin Mercier and the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks – idle this past weekend – will be the No. 4 seed in the West Regional, setting up a contest with the University of Denver on Friday.

-Kelsey Tessier and the Quebec Remparts jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Baie-Comeau in the first round of the 2009 President Cup Playoffs. Quebec trounced Baie-Comeau by an 8-1 count on Friday and then earned a 5-2 win on Saturday, with Tessier notching a power-play goal.

-Joel Chouinard and the Victoriaville Tigres fell into an 0-2 hole in their first round match-up with Shawinigan. The Tigres dropped a 5-2 decision on Friday, followed by a 7-1 loss on Saturday.

-The Lewiston MAINEiacs lost a pair of contests to Drummondville to open their playoff series. Drummondville earned a 12-3 win on Friday, followed by a 10-1 triumph on Saturday. Peter Delmas was in net for Lewiston during Saturday’s game and finished with 38 saves.

-Cameron Gaunce helped stake the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors to a 3-0 lead over the Barrie Colts in their first round OHL playoff series. Gaunce notched an assist in each of the Majors’ first two wins – a 4-3 triumph on Friday and a 7-4 victory on Saturday – before exploding for a game-high four points (1g/3a) in Monday’s 7-3 win.

Gaunce was also honored in the 2008-09 OHL Coaches Poll. He was voted as the Eastern Conference’s Best Defensive Defenseman and finished second to Belleville’s P.K. Subban as the conference’s Best Offensive Defenseman.

-The London Knights pulled out a pair of victories in their first round series against the Erie Otters. Trevor Cann stopped 45-of-47 shots to lead the Knights to a 5-2 win on Friday. Cann then made 28 saves and was credited with an assist in Saturday’s 8-1 romp over the Otters. Kevin Montgomery picked up an assist and had a +3 plus/minus rating in Saturday’s victory.
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